We all love a clean and tidy house, but we just don’t have enough time to spend hours cleaning every day. Despite this, there are certain things in your home that ought to get a lot more attention than others.
Bright Side would like to tell you about 9 household items you should never let go uncleaned even for a day.
Recent studies have shown that dish towels are the most contaminated spot in the kitchen. The same goes for the small towels in your bathroom. Since you use them more than once a day, they get dirty very quickly. That’s why your kitchen and bath towels should be changed every couple of days, or even every day if you have a large family.
Keys harbor more bacteria than elevator buttons. As a rule, we never clean our keys, and we always touch them with dirty hands. We tend to keep them in dirty pockets and often drop them on the ground. As a result, we bring an incredible amount of infectious bacteria into the house with our keys. That’s why cleaning them with antiseptic wipes is so vital.
In order to simplify your regular routine of cleaning dirty bathroom tiles, give your shower walls a quick wipe down after each shower. Keeping your bathroom dry will help you prevent bacteria, mold, and mildew from growing.
Your sponge might be the dirtiest thing in your kitchen. We use it to wash dishes, pots, and cutting boards and to wipe up spills and crumbs. The best way to disinfect a sponge is microwaving. Simply wash it thoroughly, and place the wet sponge in the microwave for one to two minutes on low power. Be sure to monitor the process carefully: turn off the microwave immediately if you see any smoke. Remember: sponges that have metallic scrub pads should never be sanitized using this method.
You might think that after washing your hands or the dishes your sink’s basin would be clean as well. But you’re wrong. In fact, there are numerous germs and bacteria that stick to the basin’s walls.
Dirty dishes soaked in water
Leaving dirty dishes in the sink until the next morning is a bad habit that makes washing up even more challenging. If you’re using a dishwasher, don’t pre-rinse your dishes by hand before turning it on. And one more tip: it’s always best to wash dishes immediately after each meal.
Your coffee maker is a hotbed for bacteria and mold, so you do need to clean it daily. For this, you’ll need to take the coffee maker apart into separate pieces. This will help you to remove coffee, grinds, and oil quickly and easily.
If you’re using spatulas and cutting boards made of wood, soak them in a vinegar and water mixture (1:1) for a couple of minutes each time you’re finished cooking. This trick will help you kill bacteria and fungi on their surfaces. Moreover, any cutting board needs to be regularly cleaned and disinfected. For this purpose, use a mixture of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in half a liter of hot water. Apply this solution over the cutting board’s surface. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes, then rinse the cutting board under running water.
Makeup brushes and sponges
If you use the same makeup brush for a long time, it might house all kinds of nasty bacteria and germs that can easily get onto your face. That’s why it’s so important to clean your makeup tools in warm soapy water after each use.